Tuesday, January 8, 2013
The best times to eat out with good friends are those that are unplanned. It took only one text message a couple of hours before lunch to get the four of us together at Mango Tree in Bonifacio High Street.
It was my first time to try this Thai restaurant located at a prominent location in the corner of Bonifacio High Stree in The Fort.
I was surprised at how beautiful the restaurant's interiors were. It felt like I was in another country. Well known couturier Cesar Gaupo was one of the designers behind the look of Mango Tree. My pictures don't do the place justice.
It may look like a giant loofah but it was a delicious and super crispy mass of catfish meat.
Yum Pla Duk Fu (crispy catfish & mango salad) P380
Shredded green mangoes in a tangy vinaigrette was a good topping for the mild flavor of the fried catfish.
It's hard not to order the same Thai favorites but it was also a good way to compare the quality and taste of the food with other restaurants. These shrimp cakes were fried well and generously sized.
Tod Mun Goong (shrimp cakes) P450
I've tried much better pomelo salad from Azuthai.
Yum Som O (pomelo salad) P380
Tom Kha Gai is my favorite Thai soup and I liked their version.
Tom Kha Gai (chicken coconut soup) P380
Based on the waiter's suggestion we ordered the steamed sea bass or Apahap. We all loved the simple sauce made with fresh garlic, chili and lime juice. The fish was perfectly cooked and very fresh.
Pla Krapong Neung Ma Now (steamed sea bass) P850
Their chicken with green curry sauce is a must order! I enjoyed the sauce so much I literally drank it with the chicken since I didn't order rice. I gave in to temptation and got a couple of spoonfuls of rice from Elisa just to put curry sauce on it.
Gaeng Kiew Wan Gai (chicken in green curry) P450
I don't know what these veggies are called in Filipino. Anyone know where I can buy these locally? I loved the taste of these veggies even though it was just sautéed in garlic and light soy sauce. It tasted more exotic than that.
Phad Phak Ka-Na (stir fried kale) P320
We wanted to be adventurous and order noodles that weren't Pad Thai even though that's my favorite. The waiter suggested the Phad See Iw Goong. It tasted so ordinary like it was seasoned with just soy sauce. When I checked the menu after eating I realized it was just that - noodles cooked in soy sauce. I'm going back to Pad Thai.
Phad See Iw Goong (noodles in soy sauce) P450
Our bill seemed expensive because we ordered so much food just for four people. I'm ashamed to say we had very little left overs. If you're wondering what khao suey is on the bill it's unlimited white rice. Not bad for P70.
If you have guests and you want to impress them take them to Mango Tree. Beautiful ambiance and good food.
Mango Tree's menu
Mango Tree The Fort
7th Avenue, Bonifacio High Street Central, Global City, Taguig
telephone: (02)6213233, (02)2172367, (0917)5349145
Sundays to Thursdays:
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM,
5:30 PM – 11:30 PM
Fridays to Saturdays:
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM,
5:30 PM – 1:00 AM